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AFP Golden Gate Mentor Programs

Building The Field
The popular Mentor Program has provided one-to-one support for hundreds. Whether you wish to build your fundraising skills or want to share your expertise, you'll find the Mentor Program rewarding.

The Roles

Mentors are senior fundraising professionals who volunteer their time. They commit to consistent contact to mentor their Fellows, assisting with specific fundraising and career development issues. Read the Mentor Guidelines here.

Fellows represent a wide range of experience, organization type, and budget size. Some are development directors who work alone in a small office. Others are executive directors who spend a large amount of time fundraising. Fellows may be seasoned or new to the field. What they share is an idea of where they can use support from a Mentor. 

Seeking to exemplify the principles of IDEA (Inclusion-Diversity-Equity-Access), we encourage BIPOC, LGBTQI, and members from other marginalized groups to participate in both 
Mentor and Fellow roles.

Two mentorship programs are being initiated in 2022. In order to apply specifically for one or both of these programs, check the appropriate box on the form.
  • Mentorship for experienced executives
    • This program is designed for fellows who have been in the field for 20 or more years who hope to gain valuable insight from colleagues who have spent at least 25 years in the field. The goal will be for experienced executives to have a colleague at their level or higher to discuss strategy and unique issues faced by them, including career advancement.
  • Mentorship for fundraising professionals who are interested in consulting.
    • This program is designed for fundraisers who have been in the field for ten years or more and are interested in using their skills to build a consulting practice.


The Mentor Program provides one-to-one support for professionals including fundraisers, executive directors, development staff, board leaders and consultants.

Activities include:
  • One-to-one Mentor/Fellow matches.
  • Online Clinics held throughout the year.
  • Free registration via promo code to programs.
  • Mentor Program meetups. 

Application Deadlines And Fees

  • The program runs March 2022 through January 2023.
  • There is no fee charged to Mentors.
  • Fellows: The fee is $80 for AFP and NCPGC members and $200 for non-members.

Registration begins January 2022 for the 2022 program.

Fellow Application   Mentor Application

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